Monona County Photographs contributed by Coke Helmstetter

O'Connor Family Photos

Thanks, Coke, for sharing your photo & descriptions!


Francis O'Connor was born in 1831 in Delaware County, New York, the son of John and Hannah Webb O'Connor.  On 11 Nov 1855 he married Ann Maria Bradley in Menden, Michigan.  In 1860 they moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa before coming to Onawa in 1867.  Francis ran a hotel (O'Connor Hotel) and livery stable for many years in Onawa. Francis died 21 Jan 1908 at the age of 82 and is buried in the Onawa Cemetery.  Francis had two brothers John and James who both lived in Onawa at times. Obituary Link for Francis


Ann Maria Bradley was born in 1833 in Michigan.  From her marriage to Francis, she had five children:  Francis (Frank) b. 11 Nov 1859, Charles b. 19 Mar 1861, Ida Mae b. 12 Apr 1863, Nell C. b. 6 Apr 1865 and George b. 18 Nov 1872.  She hired help to work at the hotel as she was an invalid with varicose veins.  Ann died on 23 Oct 1905 at the age of 72 and is buried in the Onawa Cemetery. Obituary Link for Ann  



The O'Connor Boys - Charles, George and Frank
Charles married Jane Daily in 1885.  He died in 1939 and both he and Jane are buried in the Onawa Cemetery.  George married Ethel Charlotta Burrell in 1903.  He died in 1960 and both he and Ethel are buried in the Onawa Cemetery.  Frank married Mary Ann Davis in 1878 and they had four children:  Frances, George Clinton, Frank Evan and Hazel.  He died in 1925 and both he and his wife are buried in the Onawa Cemetery. 

Obituary Links: Charles O'Connor, George O'Connor and Frank O'Connor

The George O'Connor Family
Starting on the left is mother Ethel Burrell O'Connor holding Mable (Babe), standing by the horse is Wava, in front on the horse is John, Ida, Mildred, Alice and Georgia (Jo) being held on by George.  Ethel died 12 Mar 1923 from the flu in Orson, Iowa at the age of 39 and is buried in the Onawa Cemetery.  George never remarried.